The International University of Andalusia (UNIA) has now held thirteen editions of this Master’s programme. After thirteen editions, it has provided specialized, quality training to 350 students from 97 countries.
Objectives of the programme
The general objective of the programme is to provide high quality, specialized training on the scientific bases, techniques, and instruments that enable CITES implementation and development, in order to strengthen the fight against illegal trade, particularly in those countries of origin where animals and plants are subject to international trade.
The specific objectives are to provide specialized training on:
• The concept of biodiversity at all organizational levels, particularly at population, species, and ecosystem levels.
• Scientific bases and methodologies for identifying and solving problems that hinder proper implementation of CITES.
• Administrative, legislative and enforcement aspects of CITES implementation.
• Biological and trade-related criteria for listing species in CITES.
• Population survey techniques. Population biology, conservation, and management of CITES-listed fauna and flora. In situ and ex situ conservation methods.
• Application of geographic information systems and spatial data to the study of the current and potential distribution of species and assessment of habitat suitability.
• Wildlife recovery plans and sustainable management programmes.
• Analyses for making non-detriment findings for CITES-listed species.
• Analyses and procedures for the CITES Significant Trade Review.
• Techniques for identification and control of CITES-listed species and specimens.
Duration and academic structure
The Master’s Degree consists of 60 ECTS* (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The programme is structured as follows:
A. On-campus period from 18th April to 1st July 2022 (presence required) related to the contents of eleven subjects (clustered into 3 sections). Subjects 3, 4 and 11 will be given in English and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation. If external funding is not available, the rest of the subjects will be given only in English.
B. Research period (presence not required), in which students will perform research tasks in preparation for the final Master’s Thesis.
On-campus credits: 44 ECTS credits will be taught at the Antonio Machado Site of the International University of Andalusia for 11 weeks from Monday to Friday, in morning and afternoon sessions. Monitoring and assessment will consist of weekly individual and/or group tests on the covered contents.
Virtual period: from 1st February to 25th July 2022. The UNIA Virtual Platform will provide further learning experience and various practical activities on the course content.
Research period: 16 ECTS credits will be given for supervised research activities leading to the presentation of a Master´s Thesis. To obtain the Master’s Degree issued by the International University of Andalusia, participants must first pass the on-campus period and subsequently prepare and submit a Master’s Thesis. The thesis must be completed and approved within the deadlines set by the University (1 October 2022-first call or 1 April 2023 final call). Students who fail to meet this requirement must register and pay again for the 16 research credits in the next edition of the Master’s programme.
Subject 1: “Biodiversity and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES): Introduction”.
18-22 April 2022
Subject 2: “CITES: General aspects”
25-29 April 2022
Subject 3: “Implementation of CITES: Part I Administrative aspects”
3-6 May 2022
Subject 4: “Implementation of CITES: Part II Administrative aspects”
9-13 May 2022
Subject 5: “Animal Species regulated by CITES.”
16-20 May 2022
Subject 6: “Management of Fauna”
23-27 May 2022
Subject 7: “Plant Species regulated by CITES.”
30 May -3 June 2022
Subject 8: “Applications of Geographic Information Systems for species management”
6–10 June 2022
Subject 9: “Implementation of CITES: Scientific aspects – Non-detriment findings Fauna.”
13-17 June 2022
Subject 10: “Implementation of CITES: Scientific Aspects – Non-detriment findings Flora.”
20-24 June 2022
Subject 11: “Techniques for Identification and Control of Species in International Trade”
27 June- 1 July 2022
Admission into the programme
This Master’s programme is appropriate for people who are involved or wish to become involved in environment-related policy making, in the implementation of CITES and the development of the scientific and technical work required for its implementation at the executive level.
To be eligible for the Master’s programme, candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent degree accredited by a university) in one of the following areas: engineering (agricultural, forestry, environmental); veterinary science; biological science; zoology; botany; environmental science; chemistry; geography and history; humanities; education sciences; law; policy and international relations. The academic record, the professional and scientific curriculum, and its relationship with the application of CITES are valued.
Admission requirements and registration process. Application deadlines
1. - Pre-registration phase: from 15th April to 30th October 2021
Applicants must submit the following documentation:
1. Application form (standard form).
2. Curriculum vitae (Europass CV)
3. Photocopy of ID card or passport.
4. Passport-size photograph.
5. Certified photocopy accrediting university degree.
6. Certified photocopy with the academic transcript.
2. - Evaluation period of applications and communication to students: 1st -14th November 2021
3. - Enrolment period: from 15th November 2021 to 16th December 2021
Enrolment fee: 2 630 €.
Registration: 60 €.
Issuance of student card: 4.50 €.
Diploma issuance fee: 150 € (to be paid upon completion of the Master’s Course).
Academic transcript: 8 € (if requested by student).
Bank details for payment:
Bank transfer or payment into the following account:
Entity: LA CAIXA
Office: Isla de La Cartuja (Seville)
Account holder: UNIVERSIDAD INTERNACIONAL DE ANDALUCÍA
Tax Identification Number - Q7350007F
Account number: ES78 2100 9166 75 2200074348
IBAN: ES78 2100 9166 75 2200074348
SWIFT (BIC) Code: CAIXESBBXXX
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A single room for the duration of the on-campus period is 1875 € per person. A shared double room for the duration of the on-campus period is 750 € per person.